Pay as you Go Pop cards show their popularity on Tyne and Wear Metro

The continuing revolution in ticketing on public transport sees no signs of abating with the news that Nexus’ Pay As You Go Pop cards reached a record 1.5 million journeys on the Tyne and Wear Metro during 2018. The flexibility and convenience of paying for journeys on the Metro is proving increasingly popular with passengers according to the new figures recently released by Nexus.

Anyone using a Pop card is able to top up their cards online or at a Metro ticket machine meaning they don’t have to pay separately every time they travel whilst also saving money. Single journeys costs 40p less than the standard fare and all day travel is 50p less than the equivalent Day Ticket price.

During 2018 there was a 50% increase in the number of adult Metro journeys with one of these cards and over 100,000 journeys a month are now being made on a Pop card. The system keeps track of journeys made and once a guaranteed daily price cap has been reached it stops charging for that day.

Huw Lewis, Customer Services Director at Nexus, said: “A record number of people are using Pop Pay as You Go smart cards to make their travel by Metro more simple and flexible than paying with cash or contactless. It’s just one way we’re working to make Metro better for our passengers. Switching to Pop Pay as You Go means you can top up online when it is convenient to you, without having to worry about a queue at the ticket machine. And we’ve frozen the price of Pay As You Go travel, so passengers now save up to 50p a day when they use Metro. For young people aged 16 to 18 our Pop Blue card means you can go as far as you want on Metro for just £1, and travel as much as you want for £2 a day. More and more people are also using Pop Pay As You Go to buy tickets on board buses and the Shields Ferry, because one card can cover all your local travel needs.”

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